Discount Cow is an old adware application that may sometimes get installed on your computer when you download multiple freeware apps at third-party websites. Discount Cow is not a computer virus or a dangerous infection, but it should not be allowed to remain on your system. Adware programs are created to generate financial profit for their creators, and Discount Cow is no exception. It is not illegal to do that through advertising, but these tactics might be exploited by malevolent third parties, so it would be for the best to remove Discount Cow from your computer right now.
The main website for the application used to be discount-cow.com, but it doesn't work anymore. Originally, this application was supposed to improve your online shopping experience. To be honest, there are tons of such applications, but they seldom live up to their promises. Hence, even though Discount Cow says that it will provide you with relevant coupons for the website you are browsing, it is highly unlikely that it will happen. However, if it does happen, you should NEVER click Discount Cow ads, because they are not reliable. Adware programs do not review what kind of content gets embedded into their ads, because they outsource it from a third-party advertising network.
This creates a security loophole that is common to almost all adware programs. Cybercriminals can embed their own content into Discount Cow ads as long as they know how to do it (and hackers usually do). Hence, if you click an ad that contains a corrupted outgoing link, you might get redirected to a dangerous website that collects your personally non-identifiable data for online marketing purposes and distributes adware and (in the worst cases) malware.
Granted, malware infection is not a common consequence of an adware infection, but you should not take any chances. Discount Cow is an annoying and totally useless program that has to be deleted at once. Open Control Panel and uninstall this application.
We also recommend scanning your computer with the SpyHunter free scanner because you are bound to have to more unwanted applications on your computer. Since the main homepage for Discount Cow is down, it is only natural that this program arrives bundled with other freeware apps. Hence, there is a good chance that you need to remove more applications than just Discount Cow.
After manual removal, do not forget to scan your computer once again, because you need to be absolutely sure you terminated all the unwanted files and applications. To protect your system from similar intruders, invest in a legitimate antispyware program.
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